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... with you. step forward. help renew america at usaservice.org >> goodbye axis of evil and welcome axis of engagement. president obama is attempting to turn adversaries into partners and friends. we went with russia to offers of direct talks with iran to this week's courtship of the syrian dictator and the obama administration is betting that it will improve image in the world and pay dividends for u.s. strach interest and hispanllary clinton said this-- they released them from prison they could benefit. is it diplomacy working and what are we getting in return? dan henninger and matt comiskey. venezuela, iran, syria, burma, russia, what is the big picture goal here of the administration? what are they attempting-- what is president obama trying to get for us? >> i think in coping, to unbush foreign policy that we're going to talk to the people that don't like us and that like them and a difficult relationship and this ye year-- engage them. >> but for the sake of not being bush, i mean, certain, surely there's got to be a larger strategy at work ear? >> it's hard to tell so far. becaus
america's image in the world, that before we're seeing it as a standoffish nation and now we're the nice guys and in terms of getting a return on this investment in the-- in policy, i don't see that at least on the results so far, you don't really see what they aim to get from russia. >> niceness has never delivered a lot of foreign policy that i can observe. >> i think that the obama administration calculus is that america's problem, foreign policy in the bush years was fundamentally a public relations problem. and to some extent that's true. we did have a big pr problem in europe for example in canada and a big pr problem in much of the arab world and that would make it harder for those leaders to back the kind of thing we wanted to do. >> precisely and the argument to the extent that we want to relieve this, maybe we can unlock a whole other set of issues and make some movement with the arab-- the israelis. >> that's on. >> and that's an argument for winning over the people of paris, that's not an argument for getting anything from our adversaries in tehran. >> that's precisely it. an
with the way things are going in america, 61% say they are not satisfied. just 38% say they are. in a rasmussen pole, the president's job at the lowest level ever. >> from asbury park fug. >> well, it's a pretty stunning- >> the president's numbers have been slipping steadily. he was at 53%, the same share of the vote he got last november until about a month or so ago and his numbers have been sliding. the significant number is not the overall job approval, it's the fact that independents are breaking away from the president. what's happening is a lot of frustration has been accumulated, playing out in health care. voters were opposed to bailouts. they're overwhelmingly opposed to g.m. and takeovers. most opposed the clash for clunkers program and there was just this frustration people were feeling and it's coming out in play in the town halls we're seeing in the form of debating healthcare but it's really a bigger issue. >> what about pennsylvania, a state doing comfortably for barack obama, arlen specter just two weeks ago up by 11, now down by 12. >> two months ago. it was a two-month gap. s
netbook with windows and america's largest and most-reliable 3g network built in. only 199.99 with mobile broadband plans from 39.99 i am-- speechless, envious. wanna be me right now. getting one. >> medicare, it should be a little more competent than maybe the government with a role, a role in the fact that people are treated fairly when it comes to insurance. >> confused about obama care? it could be because the president contradicts himself, often times in the same speech. under his reform plan, government bureaucrats won't tell you what tests you can and can't have. but a panel of health experts will. medicare, example of something the government got right, except going broke. the latest administration double talk, well whether the so-called public option is essential to their reform efforts. senior editorial page writer joe rago joins the panel for this segment. all right, joe. i think the this debate is chaotic. what say you? >> that's right. it's not only the contradiction, it's president obama is out there blaming the republican for the current trouble. he doesn't lack republican
to the canadian healthcare system as what we should have here in america. but do we want a health system that's imploding. dr. doig declined to appear but an orthopedic surgeon and former president of the healthcare system. >> the biggest problem is access. and by access we have -- in the canadian system the first line of defense for a sick patient is a family doctor and out of a population of 33 million, 5 million canadians do not have a family doctor. >> so you don't have enough doctors. and is it because the doctors don't get paid as well as they get paid in the united states? per 100,000, you're down about 30% from where we are. we have 30% more doctors per hundred thousand. is it because you don't pay them as well? >> no no. we rank 36 out of 28 in the developed countries for the amount of doctors of population. it's part of the mechanism of rationing that has to happen when you promise to deliver everything and don't have enough resources. >> you have enough doctors but you have too many cases and too much illness to treat so people get on a line and
in major cities around america. but the fact is these enhanced interrogation techniques do seem to have saved american lives, exposed to plots that could have been extremely deadly, and that probably would have led to a lot of worse things being done to even the detainees that we have and try to stop the next one. >> paul: this is a critical point. critics of what happened say there is no evidence that enhanced interrogations made a difference. the detainees would've given us this information anyway. is there something in the report shows in fact the enhanced interrogation techniques any difference? >> the report is very clear that people like david chick mom and were extremely resistant to questioning and give up unreliable or very little information before the enhanced interrogation techniques are introduced. i think there's no question that the made a difference in the material that was produced here so i'm all right, ken, given all this, why would air colder, the attorney general, do this now is to not in the past he said look, we don't want to go after low-level cia interrogators.
for america and the progressive change campaign committee, put out this ad against the fresca senator, ben nelson, a democrat who is look warm on the so-called public option. tonight i here ben nelson, the senator i voted for is leading the charge to delay health reform this summer. that's exactly what they want. the health insurance companies that have given senator nelson over $2 million know that if they can stall reform, they can kill it. i have to ask, senator, whose side are you on? the one they're calling the add a warning shot to any senator who tries to block president obama's public insurance option that is just a sample of the campaign being waged against wavering democrats by other democrats. here to discuss this enterprise back down, to the editor dan henniger senior economics writer steve moore, washington columnist, jim strossen. so ken, do you think the white, house -- cannot, do you think the white house is behind this campaign? >> of course it is. if you look, the democratic national committee has its own arm which is president obama's campaign arm. they have been out ru
of afghanistan as the contrast to war in iraq and america has to win. he has the political capital to eare cyst his left flank urging to get out of afghanistan as if 911 never happened. >> should there be a new surge, iraq style in afghanistan? >> the question is surge to achieve what? we have to be realistic about the mission in afghanistan. anyone who has been to afghanistan as i have twice knows it's different country from civilization like iriraq. it's as poor as west africa. you can't talk about rebui rebuilding afghanistan. it's a building operation. i don't think we can terribly optimistic about the prospect for afghanistan becoming a modern democracy in the short run and by that the next couple of decades. what is the mission there? the mission is prevent afghanistan becoming safe haven for terrorists. that can be done without terribly large commitm of u.s. forces. >> you're in a very, very long haul. >> small number of forces. long haul but not a lot of troops there. >> i would like to talk about the politics of this. and take issue with one thing that bret said, which is that the pres
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